Cardiac rehabilitation is a seven-week, medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical, mental, and social functioning. Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended after heart surgery, a heart attack, angioplasty, a stent and/or with development of heart failure. The goal is to stabilize, slow, or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease to reduce the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event, or death. Your Cardiac rehabilitation program begins shortly after you leave the hospital and includes exercise, education, and an individualized care plan.
You will be evaluated by a registered nurse and a cardiologist, then start a customized exercise and education program based on your age, previous level of exercise, personal goals, and the severity of your heart disease.
During the monitored exercise sessions, your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, symptoms, and progress are continuously monitored by the registered nurses and exercise physiologists. The education classes -- focusing on how behaviors are linked to cardiac health -- are taught by registered nurses, exercise physiologists, pharmacists, and registered dietitians.
- Reducing Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- Healthy Eating for the Heart
- Smart Exercise for the Heart
- Stress Management & Relaxation
- Emotional Aspects of Heart Disease
- Understanding Your Heart Medications
Typically, you will attend three times a week during the seven-week program. The Cardiac rehabilitation staff will help you develop a plan for ongoing exercise and heart health.